Health camp

Family Planning And Rural India – Why This Is Still a Taboo ?

July 20, 2017 Pallavi Madhukar

Gramin Healthcare organizes health camps in remote rural areas. Women's health and well-being directly impacts her ability to support herself and her family.

Why we care ?

Gramin Healthcare, has been working towards how we can add value to make Hygiene & Health accessible for our women living in the remote villages of India. Six major states of India is covered namely -Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and these states have a different socio-economic and cultural equations.

When someone walks into our health camp our nurses do their health check and maintain a database and during such conversation women folk try to talk and discuss reproductive health which is considered as a taboo.

During our session with nurses (UDAAN-Training program )we noticed a trend ,people in rural area are not so  keen about using contraceptives ,either they can't afford it or are under dogmatic traditional belief .So it leave them with number of kids they can't afford to have and also increase in women -health related issues.And if after much deliberation if they decide on family planning its on women on get the  Tubal ligation.
sometimes called sterilization, female sterilization, or “getting your tubes tied”) is a safe and effective surgical procedure that permanently prevents pregnancy. 
In  scenario as such , usage of contraceptives by men seems to be the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. Women have been sharing a sizable chunk  of the family planning responsibility till now and the portion seems to be stagnating.

The focus should now be shifted to increasing the uptake of contraceptives by men. Acknowledging that the uptake of contraceptives by men has remained low for several decades, multi-pronged strategies need to be adopted to break the age-old barriers. While awareness campaigns and mass media efforts form a part of the strategy, expanding the basket of choice for men will also be a key strategy to increase uptake by men.

The current basket of choice for men is limited to the vasectomy and condom which is very limited as compared to the choices available for women. Long-term commitments are needed both from public as well as private sector to invest in research and development for male contraceptives.

Over and above all, men need to step forward to be at par with women in sharing their family planning duty. The onus is now on men to take a cue from women braving sterilisation procedures and stop shrinking away and shifting their part of the family planning responsibility on women.

Gramin Healthcare have its reach in remote parts of rural area and we are also creating awareness about family planning. We facilitates a few:

  • Daily Oral Contraceptive Tablets

  • Contraceptive Injections.

  • We believe that if  knowledge and are accessible to them and a person they trust provide them this product and get them on -consultation with a doctor of tier -1 city the faith may propel them to bring the use of contraceptive in their habit.

    Gramin Healthcare have professional doctors ( gynaecologist) on-board and we provide audio consultation in these remote areas.


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